BI: 4 suspects in fraternity hazing left Philippines

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Friday, July 11, 2014

MANILA (Updated) -- Four suspects in the violent initiation rites that killed a sophomore college student left the country even before Justice Secretary Leila de Lima ordered immigration officers to closely monitor their movements.

The suspects in the death of Guillo Cesar Servando are Emerson Nathaniel Calupas, Hans Killian Tatlonghari, Eleazar Pablico III, and John Kevin Navoa, Bureau of Immigration (BI) spokesperson Elaine Tan said Friday.

Other suspects whose records are still being verified by the BI are Cody Errol Morales, Daniel Paul Martin "Pope" Bautista, Kurt Michael Almazan, Luis Solomon "Louie" Arevalo, Carl Francis Loresca, Jemar Pajarito, Vic Angelo Dy, Mark Ramos, Mike Castañeda, Tessa Dayanghirang, Yssa Valbuena, an alias Rey Jay, and an alias Kiko.

The bureau implemented on Wednesday the lookout bulletin order issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ), directing all immigration officers to closely coordinate with DOJ and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) any attempt by the suspects to leave the country.

"The decision of our immigration officer whether to allow or deny departure will be based on the advice of DOJ and NBI," said Tan.

Servando, a student of De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, died on June 28 due to multiple injuries sustained from hazing conducted by the Tau Gamma Phi fraternity.

Two weeks later, the police and the NBI filed with the DOJ charges for violation of anti-hazing law against 20 suspects composed of those under the lookout list, Steven Jorge Penano, Justin Francis Reyes, an alias Bea, and an unidentified female.

Two of the suspects have been turned into provisional state witnesses because of their knowledge of the incident.

Makati City Police chief Senior Superintendent Manuel Lukban, meanwhile, said he is confident that Pajarito will also be admitted into the DOJ's Witness Protection Program (WPP), citing his cooperation to expedite the investigation.

Pajarito is the caretaker of the Makati City house where the hazing took place. He was interviewed by WPP evaluators on Friday.

"I'm ready to cooperate (in the case) because I did not hurt any of the victims. I even helped them," he said.

Police said Pajarito has to be protected after he received threats from those who participated in the initiation rites and an alleged alumnus of the Tau Gamma Phi. (Sunnex)

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